Netherlands vs. Japan: Odds, Live Stream, TV Info for Women’s World Cup 2019, Vivianne Miedema will lead the Netherlands against a capable Japan team in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Tuesday.
Miedema and the Netherlands will be favourites in Rennes after winning Group E. By contrast, Japan only made it through as runners-up in Group D after finishing five points behind England.
Even so, this is a team capable of keeping the ball and producing slick and stylish play thanks to technicians such as Hina Sugita and Emi Nakajima.
Japan’s ability to keep the ball away from Miedema will be key to Japan’s chances. Fortunately, Sugita has the right attributes to boss possession.
Still just 22, she has impressed former England international Alex Scott, who lauded her quality for BBC Sport: “She controls her midfield, and she’s so technical and great to watch on the ball.”
Ably supported by fellow central midfielder Narumi Miura, Sugita can keep the supply lines open to Nakajima. The latter has the vision and flair to open up the Netherlands defence.
Japan will have to make the most of possession, because Miedema is unlikely to waste chances. The Arsenal star has already set one landmark at the tournament:
Aside from her goals, Miedema is also a creative force whenever she drops off the front and takes up positions in between the midfield and forward lines. Her passes can release the pace of Lieke Martens behind the Japan defence.
The Netherlands have the magic in the final third to turn a close game in their favour. However, if Japan are allowed to consistently string passes together, Sugita and Co. will progress.
The Dutch went a perfect 3-0 during the group stages as they picked up a 1-0 win over New Zealand, a 3-1 win over Cameroon and ended their group stage with a 2-1 win over the Canadians. The Netherlands is now on a seven game win streak that dates back to before the World Cup began.
Japan scrapped to a 1-1-1 group stage record after getting a 2-1 win over Scotland, drawing Argentina 0-0 and losing to England 2-0. The Japanese have not been in great form lately and were a bit of a surprise to get second place in their group as many expected Scotland to earn that spot.
The last quarterfinal spot at the 2019 Women’s World Cup is on the line on Tuesday as the Netherlands and Japan face off. The Asian nation has made the last two finals and won it all in 2011. However, Japan enters this game as the slight underdog against a Dutch team that has gone undefeated at the tournament.